Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud". [...] Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. ~Blurb from Wikipedia article on Impostor Syndrome -------------------------I included below a general outline of the history and personality of the detective. Spoiler: Ernis Blythe Fairly standard for detective fiction, detective Ernis Blythe (my sleuth character) suffers from a form of high-functioning depression and impostor syndrome. Ernis Blythe (formerly Alvis Bower) worked as protege to world-famous independent homicide detective Ezra Hawkins. Though with great assistance from his mentor, Alvis had fronted a lot of the pair's cases, with even Hawkins publicly accrediting the bulk of their success to Bower. Though at first this served to motivate Bower, when mentor Hawkins had died in a last-ditch attempt to bring to light evidence related to a cold-case recently revived due to an at-the-least ostensibly related murder, Alvis hadn't taken the opportunity given to him by his teacher to solve the case, as the reality that the whole of his fame and success was thanks to and only to Ezra Hawkins, not his own investigative or deductive prowess; the feeling of motivation he felt from being regarded as a detective worthy of acclaim fleeted, and was replaced promptly with shame. Wanting to establish himself in the world of crime investigation anew, he had ditched the name "Alvis Bower", opting to work himself to the top from the ground up as up-and-coming rookie private investigator Ernis Blythe, so he could know that when he garnered esteem and distinction as a detective, it was because of his own personal ability, and not reliance upon a person he regards as superior. (for the sake of full coverage, further observation of his demeanor by investigative journalist and Ernis Blythe's appointed scrivener note that Ernis Blythe is perceptibly a dork and social pariah. With his flair for the melodramatic and his bold but seemingly happy-go-lucky personality, Ernis Blythe seems to any pair of eyes a simple, bumbling wannabe of a detective. However, with his ability to both exhibit a wit as quick as the lash of his uncharacteristically forked whip of a tongue and to stare down death and despair with a big goofy grin on his face as if he were seeing the crimes committed by broken men through the untainted eyes of a child, Ernis Blythe is, to his appointed scrivener and "parasleuth", nothing short of an enigma worth observing for raw social revelations alone.) I need to know if these are the kind of steps someone suffering with impostor syndrome would take in trying to amend their mental state, or to alleviate worries. I don't just want to play "the mental illness" card to make the story (and the character) darker; I want to respectfully and accurately represent the mental illness. Even if its not a central theme and serves primarily to add depth to a character, I don't wish to take massive liberties with something like this, and would want to portray Ernis Blythe as realistically as possible. What steps should I make to portray the complex better? Is this suitable? Are there any personality traits that possible conflict with his affliction?